An original, story-driven first-person role-playing experience. Take on the role of Consortium Bishop Six, a global peacekeeper in the year 2042, aboard the massive futuristic aircraft ZENLIL. You have an unprecedented amount of freedom to control how the story unfolds.
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Release Date: Jan 8, 2014

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May 3

New and free CONSORTIUM level and a contest!

Greetings Seekers,

We have just over one week remaining for our crowdfunding effort for Consortium: The Tower!

As part of our pre-production process for The Tower, we have developed a new virtual trainer level for CONSORTIUM. The map itself is designed as an internal tool for us to use moving forward as we develop levels for Consortium: The Tower. It makes great use of super jumping and vertical/open spaces, which the Churchill Tower will be full of.

It will be included, completely free, as part of the next patch for CONSORTIUM (v1.26). However, it is available right now for users who either opt into the beta here on Steam or download the free patch HERE for the DRM free version.

A contest of skill...

So, as an incentive to grab the map and play right now, we have come up with a rather simple but fun contest:

Who in the world can achieve the highest score in the Civilian Gauntlet?

To participate, simply grab the map (see instructions below) and start playing. When you feel like you have achieved a score that you want to enter into the contest:
  1. Take a screenshot that clearly shows your final score on screen.
  2. Post the raw screenshot to Twitter, Facebook or your social network of choice along with the hashtag #TheTowerContest and a link directly to the Consortium: The Tower Fig campaign.
  3. That’s it!
The contest ends the moment that the Fig campaign ends.

Whoever achieves the highest score will receive a huge poster for Consortium: The Tower, signed by The Tower team.

Instructions for how to play Civilian Gauntlet
  1. Opt into the beta: Right click on CONSORTIUM in your library. Click “Properties”. Click the BETAS tab. Click the drop down, and select “vt_civdefense_gauntlet”.
  2. Wait for the game to update, then run CONSORTIUM. The version of the game should show as “V1.25_CGB Master Edition”.
  3. In the main menu, bring up the developer console (default key is ~). If it doesn’t work, make sure the developer console is enabled first: click OPTIONS - Keyboard/Mouse - set Allow Developer Console to “Enabled”.
  4. In the developer console, simply type “map vt_civdefense_gauntlet” (no quotes) and hit ENTER.

To read more about the latest stuff happening (including upcoming Twitch streams!), check out our full update on Fig!.

-iDGi and The Tower team.




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April 13

Consortium: The Tower has been fully funded on Fig!

Hello Seekers,

We wanted to drop in and let you all in on some good news: Our Fig Campaign for Consortium: The Tower has hit its funding goal with 28 days left on the clock! We're still coming to terms with the speed at which this campaign is moving thus far, but we have plenty of things planned over the next few weeks as we strive to tear into some stretch goals.

We’d like to take a moment and thank all the players of CONSORTIUM, and those who continue to follow our announcements and forum here on Steam. Your support over the years means a great deal to us, and we’d love it if you’d continue this journey towards The Tower with us. Hitting our funding means The Tower is a certainty, but we still need some help on reaching our stretch goals. We invite you to come take a look at our campaign, and if it’s up your alley, help us reach those goals!

For all those who have already supported us on Kickstarter or Fig, a massive thank you for putting your trust in us.

Here is some new press for you guys to help us share today's awesome milestone with the world:

Rock, Paper, Shotgun

GameSpot

WCCFtech

VentureBeat

GameRant

OnlySP - includes link to an extensive interview!

Also a brief note about CONSORTIUM Game One: Once the campaign is over and we're settling into production of The Tower, we will also be spending some time finishing up some things with CONSORTIUM - a Mac build remains a priority for us to finally get done. CONSORTIUM V1.26 will also be completed and will include various bug fixes.

That's about it for now!

Sincerely,

-- iDGi and the Consortium team


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Reviews

“Consortium is an ingeniously subversive gem, containing enough backstory to fill a Triple-A trilogy while focusing exclusively on an airship crew in distress.”
4/5 – The Escapist

“...you'll find a game that's punching well above its weight”
Kotaku

“Consortium offers a solid sample of what we’ve been saying games have the potential to do for a generation”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

About This Game

The direct sequel to CONSORTIUM is now crowdfunding on Fig! https://www.fig.co/campaigns/consortium-the-tower We need YOUR help to make this project a reality!

Game One of the iDGi-1 Trilogy.

Purchase includes 70 min original orchestral soundtrack by Jeremy Soule and the comprehensive "iDGi-1 Discoveries" lore compendium.

Taking place entirely aboard a massive futuristic aircraft, CONSORTIUM is a first person science-fiction role-playing experience unlike any other. The story begins in our world - the "real world" - where we here at Interdimensional Games have developed a satellite (iDGi-1) capable of opening a digital rift through time and space...

Anyone with an internet connection can travel through this rift and awaken within an alternate dimension from our own - the "game world" - in the year 2042.

  • The first of a planned trilogy, Consortium contains a fully resolvable arc entirely aboard Zenlil, but links to further games by a much larger story and its countless mysteries. Each subsequent title will act in this way, with both an internal story and a serialization that continues to build the alternate universe.
  • Immerse yourself in an interactive story taking place entirely aboard the C-3800-D "ZENLIL" Consortium Command vessel on December 21st, 2042...
  • Built with a modified version of the SOURCE engine, explore ZENLIL, a living and highly interactive environment with complete freedom and agency. Includes turbulence and non-scripted decompression events!
  • Engage with a cast of over 20 people in innovative and life like conversation. Over 4,000 lines of fully voiced dialogue, each choice changes how they think about you. Or choose not to engage with them at all and never speak a word!
  • Experience an all original orchestral score by award winning composer Jeremy Soule
  • Act as detective investigating an on-board murder, while simultaneously playing peacemaker to a large band of mercenaries who seem to want YOU dead. Or play diplomacy with a smoking barrel, and let the tragedies continue to mount.
  • Dive into a world with well over 150,000 words of back-story and lore, where everything you read, see, speak, or hear relates to the story and characters, and everything is there for a reason.
  • A highly original energy based inventory system with original sci-fi weapons, gadgets and armor.
  • The story unfolds based largely on your actions. You may use diplomacy and talk your way through the entire game - never shooting anyone! OR, decide to use deadly or non-lethal force.
  • Forge lasting relationships with the crew of ZENLIL, and alter the course of the story through your actions. Your choices will change your play experience, and subsequent playthroughs offer the chance to make different decisions and see all new outcomes.
  • Regardless of what you choose to do or not, the experience always moves forward, adapting seamlessly to YOU.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8 32bit (NO XP SUPPORT)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5GHz, AMD Athlon X2 64 2.7GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 260 | AMD Radeon HD 4890 series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Of the maximum 4GB of addressable memory space on a 32-bit system (2 ^ 32 = 4,294,967,296 bytes = 4GB), Windows reserves 2GB. This leaves any application (such as Consortium) with a maximum of 2GB to play with. During loading, Consortium can allocate up to 1.8GB worth of memory. If you are running Consortium with a 32 bit machine, be sure to close as many other simultaneously running programs as you can, otherwise "out of memory" crashes may occur.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8 x64
    • Processor: Intel i3 2100T | AMD Phenom II x4 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 460 | AMD Radeon HD 5830 series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Not quite what I expected. Consortium felt like a sci-fi noir detective FPS with RPG elements. Very unique and with astoundingly deep lore, if you're into reading a lot. Fun little gem with massive replayability.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
I am mixed on this game. Other than one or two crashes, I didn't have any issues with stability as many of the early players did. So no real complaints there. What this game does well, it excels at, but there are a number of things this game does not do well.

If you like action games, avoid this one. If you like story-based games this is a good start to what could be an excellent story game, but I would not pay more than $5 for this game as it's essentially the first chapter or two of the story and it ends very abruptly with a pitch to fund/support the next installment of the story.

Overall I enjoyed playing what amounts to 3-8 hours of content (depending on how much of the side stuff you do and how quickly you play) enough to give it a qualified thumbs up. Your mileage may vary....

What to like
Excellent start to a promising story that includes time travel, political intrigue, and murder
Voice acting is excellent and it really helps with immersion in the story and personality development
What there was of this game was fun overall, but only if you like story-based games - there's little action in this game and what there is not very compelling

What not to like
This is the big one... the story just ends after a few hours and you are pitched to buy/support the next installment.
This game feels like a teaser or a "demo". Don't pay more than $5.
Graphics are passable at best (would have been impressive 15-20 years ago)
The inventory system is terrible and needs work, including the whole utility/power system
The infrequently used combat system is ok for regular guns, but don't buy this game for its combat
The stun/incapacitate mechanic is tedious and needs work - It was not fun
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This isn't very good at all.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
It's a great game that you dont want to play
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Product received for free
I got this game for free, and after reading about it, decided it was worth giving a try. The premise is interesting, as is the fact that your choices change the story, so there is replay value if you are interested in that sort of thing.

Graphics are... well, they are bad. Luckily this is more of a story-game than an action game, so once you get into the story it bothers you less. Sound is okay. Voice acting quality varies from so-so to good.

I disliked the game controls. I found myself enjoing the game for several hours until I hit a major plot point where you have to defeat a heavily shielded opponent. No matter how many times I tried, I just could not defeat him. I checked online/YouTube, followed the strategies provided, but just could not defeat this one opponent. Since it was a critical plot point, I could not advance in the game.

I am unsure if it was a bug or a feature, but after 20 tries or so I got frustrated enough to uninstall the game. So, yeah... not a big fan.

I rate the game 2/5 stars. For those who do not encounter the bug/feature, or perhaps have far more patience/skill than I, I rate it 3.5/5 stars (my satisfaction level prior to frustration).
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
While this game has an interesting premise to me it ultimately fell flat. Being told you must replay in order to learn more seems like a gimmick. I was mildly amused in the 4 hours it took me to get to the end but had very little desire to go back and find out more. Uninstalled at that point and will probably never play again.
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183 of 210 people (87%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Finished my first run through the game and I've got to say it's quite unlike everything I've played recently. Took me about 17 hours and it turned out to be one of those games that keep me awake until 10 in the morning.

It feels and plays like your own personal interactive Star Trek episode. It is your classic "Thriller on the Express" with a strange murder, a killer hiding amongst your crew, an ancient conspiracy, aliens, mercenaries, and a whole load of mystery. In my first playthrough I have failed to reveal a culprit, but thanks to the fact that the game has a lot of replay value, I will delve into it again in the hopes of solving the case and do things differently.

It's got tons of character interactions (Which you are free to befriend, antagonize or completely ignore), pages upon pages of lore and exposition in the Zenlil's onboard library (Which you can totally avoid if you don't like reading), choices that actually matter and a few twists and turns that I honestly did not see coming (And a couple that I totally did).

The player is encouraged by the game to explore alternative routes as much as possible. One can reload an auto-save made before a conversation (The game saves into a separate slot every few minutes automatically) and choose a different option if you are dissatisfied with a result. You don't have to, but you can if you so desire.

Aside from rather long loading times, a couple graphical glitches and small progression issues such as characters sometimes responding as if I walked away from a conversation when I didn't (Both fixed by loading a previous save), it was a pretty smooth ride.

This is probably not the game for you if you enjoy fast paced shooters (Although it does have some FPS elements), but if you think you might enjoy an adventure/RPG/quest mix then give it a go.
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266 of 333 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
Seeker...

High quality job. The interaction between player and A.I. seems so natural and realistic, and the voice acting is seriously one of the best I've seen, better than most big budget games. There's a lot of variety in dialogue choices, which actually make a big difference in the outcome(s). I encourage all to play multiple times, you will discover a lot of different things. You will encounter events and situations if you're at the right spot at the right time (some quite humorous), making it seem like a real living world. The story is definitely its other strong point, with plenty of background lore to discover if that is your thing - or otherwise you can be just as engrossed without the deeper knowledge. Graphics are unique, good textures, nicely detailed areas, minor graphical glitches, nothing game breaking. I haven't done much combat, as I prefer the diplomatic options, but from what I have experienced there's nothing wrong with it.

All in all, it's fantastic on so many levels, and I wait in anticipation for the next installment.

IT'S A ROLEPLAYERS DREAM COME TRUE!
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193 of 242 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
This is a fantastic game. It isn't ruined by poor interaction, bugs or bad gameplay and the likes. It's ruined by the fact that this whole thing is gaming blue balls; a shareware demo; a teaser. There is a plethora of fantastic game content that you ultimately don't get to play with. The combat/inventory system is barely utilized outwith the VR trainer sim. The story is a gigantic cliff-hanger. You're encouraged to use quicksaves to explore alternate dialogue options, but they will only leave you with more questions. Very few will provide the answers you crave more and more as you explore further. The game literally ends when you jump out the back of the futuristic jumbo-jet you start the game in - imagine if the whole of Mass Effect was set on the Normandy and that's about what this title is. If you explore the dialogue and lore (of which there is a near-overwhelming amount of), you'll get some good hours from this game. However, this release is basically a glorified "Murder on the Orient Express" game - or the first half of one anyway. You're going to have to wait a whole lot longer for any closure, and, of course, put down some more cash. A wholly unfulfilling and, in the end, frustrating experience.
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8t88
5.3 hrs
Posted: September 9
Somebody has got to give this developer Team a ton of Money, so they can add more playtime to the next episode.

It is short but has A LOT of replay value.
I hope you all buy this so they can make the next part.
The Game is stunning.
Think Deus Ex and Star Trek TNG having a wild night... this is the child.
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gunsaremagic
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 9
not sure about this game /: it gets wierd sometimes but game has such a great atmosphere i got the game 4free :D only buy on sale if you really want it but warning its a short game paying 9.99 for this is just insane doesnt matter how good it is if its short
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Shulk Brogan
11.9 hrs
Posted: September 4
Like Omikron but better, no David Cage.
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